The inclusive paradox: the lived experience versus the theory

Kelly-Ann Allen, Christopher Boyle

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This final chapter brings together the themes of the many contributions to this volume. The lived experience of a student placed in an inclusive environment is highlighted and the question as to whether an inclusive mainstream placement was of benefit. The chapter delves into the real issue of what inclusion actually means in a modern society and whether the debate has plateaued over the past 10 years. The real and genuine question is asked as to whether inclusive education can include separate specialist provision or is it an oxymoron that can never be joined.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch for Inclusive Quality Education
Subtitle of host publicationLeveraging Belonging, Inclusion, and Equity
EditorsChristopher Boyle, Kelly-Ann Allen
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9789811659072
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameSustainable Development Goals Series
ISSN (Print)2523-3084
ISSN (Electronic)2523-3092


  • Inclusive education
  • Special education
  • Belonging
  • Autism
  • ASD
  • Teacher attitudes

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